Im curious how the paired HomePods are working for you. I have them as well and they work great with all of my apps EXCEPT for with Channels. I’m running tvOS 14.4, the latest Channels client and using the experimental audio and video drivers (I also have an HDHR 4K).
In my experience this setup causes audio buffering that when pausing or stopping a channel the audio continues to play for 3-5 seconds.
I also see terrible responsiveness from the remote in Channels - I think because of the audio feedback. It’s like trying to use the remote under the influence.
Last, we also see lip sync issues that get progressively worse until stop and restarting play.
It’s so bad in total that I’ve considered moving on from Channels (after using it for nearly 4 years) but the truth is there is nothing better. Another thought was to move away from the HomePods but they work so well on the rest of our streaming apps.
Since I don’t hear anyone else discussing their experience in the forums I’m beginning to wonder if this is unique to me somehow.